Untitled

  • Patrociño Barela, Untitled, ca. 1935-1943, pine, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1985.65.10

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Patrociño Barela carved several relief sculptures for the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s and ‘40s. This piece was possibly inspired by Japanese involvement in the outbreak of World War II, especially the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Barela carved a rough map of Tokyo Bay, with writing to indicate areas such as “Government Embassy,” “hospital” and “factory district.” The “American Docks and Freight” suggests that Barela hoped American forces would soon invade and occupy Japanese territory.

Title
Untitled
Artists
Date
ca. 1935-1943
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
21 5/8 x 44 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (54.9 x 112.4 x 4.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

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Classifications
Keywords
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project – New Mexico
  • Object – written matter – map
Object Number
1985.65.10
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URL
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